Teeth whitening and bleaching is a popular procedure done to brighten your smile. First, speak with your dentist to see if whitening is a good option for you. Depending on the type of discoloration that is present on your teeth, whitening may or may not be effective. Common reasons for teeth discoloration result from using tobacco, staining from food or drinks such as coffee and red wine, and poor oral hygiene. Tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains. Although whitening is helpful for the appearance of teeth, it is not permanent and stains may recur over time.
Various levels of whitening and bleaching based on your specific need!
-Custom bleaching trays: Full mouth impressions are needed to design these custom take home trays. You will be given a bleaching gel that you will apply to the inside of the tray before wearing them for 30 minutes to an hour each application. The length and frequency of each application is dependent on how quickly and to what intensity you wish to whiten your teeth.
-In office bleaching: In-office bleaching requires a 60 minute appointment where the whitening agent is applied directly to your teeth and activated by a light. After the in-office application, you are given custom bleaching trays to take home. This procedure will have you walking out of the office a few shades lighter while the take home trays will help maintain, or even continue to whiten your teeth depending on how often you use them.
-Single tooth bleaching: A root canal treated tooth can begin to discolor over time leading to one tooth looking darker than the ones on either side. If this is the case, the tooth can be whitened from the inside out. This is done by opening the access to the root canal, and placing a bleaching solution directly to the internal surface of the tooth. Once the desired shade is reached to match the adjacent teeth, custom trays or in-office bleaching can be utilized to whiten the entire arch.
Contact us for more information to see if tooth whitening and bleaching is right for you.